|My DIY Nike costume for Halloween, total cost £0.|
As with every Halloween costume, my goal was to use what I had and buy as little as possible. My starting point was a pair of angel wings that somebody had discarded on the recycling shelf at my student residence. Being a generic sexy fairy is definitely not my style, so I had to think of other angels and fairies, like Cupid. Eventually I delved into the idea of Greek and Roman mythology and learned about Nike.
|The pair of wings that inspired the Halloween costume.|
In ancient Greek religion, Nike was a goddess who personified victory, her Roman equivalent being Victoria. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times, but Nike was a divine charioteer who flew around battlefields rewarding battlefield victors with glory and fame, symbolised by a wreath of Laurel leaves (Bay leaves).
She seemed pretty badass and I had everything I needed for her outfit. I soon found a white bedsheet on the same shelf which I turned into a cape, and I had a white dress with a geometric motif that actually looked quite Greek. I did some dramatic Cleopatra cat-eye makeup.
I borrowed Mr Zissou's Nike tennis cuff and shoes to drive the message home and make this Goddess a bit more street. The fact that the shoes are theatrically oversized was actually perfect because they looked part of the costume rather than just something I was wearing to be comfortable.
I had the most fun picking out my accessories which included a gold belt, an ugly flashy gold necklce I found on the shelf, two vintage gold brooches and a pair of coin earrings.
Best of all was the crown which I had a lot of fun making. Nike's crown is supposed to be made of Bay leaves so I cut some plastic flower petals into the shape of Bay leaves, and painted/sprayed them gold.
I then stapled each gold leaf together to form a chain.
I then used gold thread to tie the gold leaf chain onto the wire crown, and it had the weight to stay on my head all night without a problem.
I'd say about 40% of people at the party recognised that I was Nike without me having to explain. The rest were just curious if my feet were really that big. Here's a snap with some of my friends before we went out, their last minute, budget costumes being Tin Man, Snoop Lion and #iwokeuplikethis.
Hopefully this gives somebody else the inspiration they need to do their costume on the cheap.